Sunday, 22 January 2017

Love is in the Air - challenges x 2

hi all

well not sure if I am on my own here,  but I  always start out with good intentions as regards entering  one of my makes for to a few of the card challenges on the go,  at any one time..

and to add here my heartfelt thanks to all the Design teams members who put in all the time and effort to ensure we have fun entering..

but then having made a card - that's where I fall down -  - it rarely fits with the guidelines  of a particular week's card challenge.. so I realize that's where I am going wrong!.

so this time I did it the other way around! looked at some challenge sites first!!

and for some inspiration hopped over to take a look at these  -  the current challenge over at TGIF challenges - #TGIFC91 -   where Love is what's needed here and it  doesn't just have to be about Valentines - just love in general ..

  ...and for my layout I used this week's  fab clean and simple sketch over at Freshly Made sketches #271

and between the 2 was inspired to make the card below.... albeit a bit of a dark photograph!
and so have linked my card to both.

It's unusual for me in that it is just a one layer card using Stampin' Up!'s Shimmery White card stock, (which I hope you can see as it really is very shimmery!)  with a hand masked decorative panel as the focus.
 hello you and sunshine wishes

I made this by first die-cutting one of the small hearts from the Sweet and Sassy Layering Framelits set and used this as a mask  so I could stamp my various hearts, flowers, vines etc around it..

Once that was done I used the waste left from the cut out and used that as a stencil and  sponged inside to softly colour  the inside space I had originally masked off...

Hello You and Sunshine Wishes

I used the scrap pieces of 'Real Red' card stock for my 2 borders and the die-cut words.. The addition of 3 enamel hearts from the Brights Enamel shapes pack to finish,  and it was done.

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For the various hearts, flowers and vines I used items from a number off different stamp sets ..
.. and don't forget everyone,  it's Stampin' Up!  Sale-a-Bration time - any combined spend of £45 earns you a free item from the special Sale-a-Bration brochure..

Well it will soon be 'V' day and although not like me to be ready in advance - for once am #feelingsmug#  and hoping there will be one in return preferably with copious amounts of chocolate to go with!  Yep, I live in hope!

and to finish - a little photo - to possibly make you chuckle - well it did, me...

Til next time
Happy Stampin'

Jan x


  1. Lovley card, Jan. The masking of the heart and then stamping around it is gorgeous and I love that you then sponged the inside of the heart for a soft and subtle look. Thanks for playing along this week at TGIF Challenges. Rochelle xo

    1. dear Rochelle - thanks so much for leaving such a nice comment it is greatly appreciated.. and was so pleased to join in .. and thank you again - all you Design team members do such a fantastic job!

  2. Your love card is so cheery and playful. I think you combined these two challenges with perfection. We are happy you joined our "love" theme challenge at TGIF. Smiles, Elizabeth

    1. Hi Elizabeth that is really nice of you to say - thanks so much. and it was real fun to be able to join as like I said usually my cards just 'never seem to fit' - and my thanks to you as well for all the design team work!

  3. Jan - thanks for the kind words about the design teams - we love to inspire our readers and we are glad you joined the fun this week at TGIF! Your card is beautiful and fits our challenge perfectly! Love the masked heart that you made and that you kept the colors very simple :) Thanks for joining us!

    1. Dear holly thank you very much for taking the time to have a look and leave such a lovely comment and you all work so incredibly hard it was lovely to be able to pay you all a compliment too


Thanks very much, everyone. I so much appreciate them all.

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